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Personal logo etotheipi Sponsoring Member of TMP07 Dec 2017 6:43 a.m. PST

Do you use lighting fixtures in your wargaming miniatures and terrain?

I suppose this question is a bit of a cathartic experiment for me because I do have a few terrain pieces and minis that are lighted, but I aspire to have more.

Mostly it's for scifi and fantasy, using el wire and electric votive candles. Both of those allow low frequency flashing – I think rapid flashing would become annoying instead of interesting over the course of a game. I also have some raver seizure inducing rings mounted on a few spaceships, but again, those have a slow-pulse mode.

Maybe after Christmas I'll find a cheap, discounted, lighted Victorian Christmas Village and defile it with grime to make a Whitechapel area …

Wackmole9 Supporting Member of TMP07 Dec 2017 7:12 a.m. PST

I have uses the lamps and a fog maker and its a cool look.

dampfpanzerwagon Fezian07 Dec 2017 11:11 a.m. PST

I have experimented with light fixtures;





ZULUPAUL Supporting Member of TMP07 Dec 2017 12:18 p.m. PST

Michaels usually sells their Christmas stuff off before Christmas.
I don't do lighted scenery @ all.

Legion 407 Dec 2017 3:29 p.m. PST

Nice work there ! But no I don't do any lighting in my models … but it does look cool !

Personal logo Striker Supporting Member of TMP07 Dec 2017 4:28 p.m. PST

Woodland Scenics makes some lighting kits. I like the look of them but I have enough work just getting stuff painted as it is though.

Parzival07 Dec 2017 6:05 p.m. PST

@etothepi: Where did you find your led votive lights? I've got an idea for using slow pulsing ones, but I need about 14 of them, so I want to get them cheap.

Hlaven Supporting Member of TMP07 Dec 2017 6:52 p.m. PST

i had done these years ago. I used o scale plastic dollhouse lanterns hollowed out with a hand turned micro drill. Got the lights and battery hardware from a model railroad supplier. The tent set up was from Barbs Bunker. The apple crate is the on and off button. The table only one has the button, battery etc hidden under the tree.

Hlaven Supporting Member of TMP07 Dec 2017 7:03 p.m. PST

Here is a link for a lot of lighting kits.

PeterH07 Dec 2017 8:43 p.m. PST

terrific feedback on this thank you especially hlaven for that link!

dampfpanzerwagon Fezian08 Dec 2017 12:54 a.m. PST

I have also just seen this;


More images here;


Personal logo etotheipi Sponsoring Member of TMP08 Dec 2017 7:50 a.m. PST

Where did you find your led votive lights?

I got a big box of Christmas tealight votives from one of the standard craft stores … Michael's, Paul's, Jo-Ann's, or A. C. Moore.

The best thing is that they are sized for votive holders, but if you rip the container off, the actual electronics take a lot less space and can fit in the base of a 40mm or so miniature monster.

TMP link

Legion 408 Dec 2017 8:32 a.m. PST

Wow ! Great U-Boat dio !!!!

Parzival08 Dec 2017 7:26 p.m. PST

Thanks, esoteric! Did these have multiple settings to create a slow pulse, or is that just standard?

Personal logo etotheipi Sponsoring Member of TMP09 Dec 2017 7:56 a.m. PST

The votives had one mode, slow flicker (well, two including off), which I think is supposed to make them look more like candles rather than you're having a mini rave.

Oberlindes Sol LIC10 Dec 2017 9:40 a.m. PST

I haven't done anything with lights, and I'm not sure I ever will. They do look cool, though.

Parzival10 Dec 2017 2:12 p.m. PST

Thanks, etothepi. I've got plans to create a "pulsing" radioactive/molten crater effect using these. This is a "when I get a round tuit" project, but I'll keep ya'll posted, as I think it will turn out to be fairly simple to create.

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